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YVONNE FROM LILLINGTON, N.C.: My 2002 Grand Prix, 6-cyl needs a new battery and I would like to buy a brand name (but not a costly brand like Delco). I am able to spend up to $100. I heard that Interstate is a good product. Is this true?
TOM: Interstate makes high quality products. Your car takes the Interstate Mega-Tron MT-51R battery. I research the battery and, based on the stats on Interstate’s application chard, this battery is well suited to your car, and the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is $115, with the average retail price coming in at $96.95. It looks like this battery fills all your qualifiers.
KATE FROM MAINE: Why is there white smoke coming from the exhaust when I start my car? After a while, it goes away. My car is a 2005 Chevy Malibu. Thanks.
TOM: The “white smoke” could be due to condensation in the system. Typically, when it’s cold outside, hot exhaust gas passing through the cold exhaust system causes condensation (water) to form inside the system and thus “white smoke” (water vapor) comes out of the exhaust pipe until the system heats up enough to evaporate all of it. If the “white smoke” continues after warm up, you may have a blown the head gasket. And if the smoke smells like gasoline, you may have a fuel delivery problem. Good luck.
PAMELA FROM CARSON CITY, NEV.: The check engine light on my 4WD Isuzu Rodeo came on. I had it checked out at a shop and the code that came up is number P1441. What is this and how does it affect my car?
TOM: There is a TSB on this very issue. It is TSB# SB00-02-S002 from Isuzu. It states:
Condition: All affected vehicles with the P1441 Evaporative Emission Code that has been diagnosed with “no fault found” from the appropriate flow chart in the Drivability and Emissions Manual.